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Becky and Morgen’s World Famous Mac ‘n Cheese

I can’t stop looking at the picture. Serious drool happening over the picture. Check out this amazing mac ‘n cheese recipe from Becky Flade,  y’all.  Also, Becky’s new book, Fated Hearts, which I will read while floating in and out of a cheese coma.


There are a lot of things I love about being born and raised in Philadelphia. We have history and culture; our sports teams are legend; a legacy of entertainers call, or have called, my hometown their own; and we have a reputation for being fierce, loyal and passionate. But above all that, we have FOOD: Tastykakes, cheesesteaks, scrapple, Peanut Chews, soft pretzels; there’s a veritable plethora of options that taste just oh-so-good in the City of Brotherly Love!

One of my favorite Philadelphia staples, something I didn’t realize until I went to college in a different state was specific to Philadelphia, is Cooper sharp cheese. I’ve been informed that, like Yuengling lager, the cheese has broadened its horizons and can be found in other locales, but, like me, it is a Philly native. MMM. I think it’s widely known that anything is better with cheese, but until you’ve layered Cooper on your mashed potatoes, or baked ziti, you haven’t lived.

Philly Food

Everyone enjoys the comfort and tradition of baked mac ‘n cheese but my youngest and I experimented with a pound of Cooper and some heavy cream. We came up with what we call our “World Famous Mac ‘n Cheese.” Of course, the world is my house and our closest call to fame is the adoration of my brother, currently living in southern Maryland, who had the opportunity to sample some and fell in love with it. Each time we make this rich dish, I snap a picture and send it to him via our cell phones to tease and torment like a good big sister should.

Cooper Sharp Cheese


16 oz elbow macaroni

1 lb cooper cheese, block, shredded

½ cup parmesan cheese, grated

¼ cup scallions, diced

3 cups heavy cream

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Peggy Bird: Ropa Vieja Recipe

I’m thrilled to welcome Peggy Bird to the blog today. Peggy and I met as launch authors for Crimson Romance  a few short years ago. Peggy’s been quite prolific since then in comparison to my slow self. I think she also makes a better brisket than I do. (pouts). At least she is sharing her recipe.  Don’t forget to check out The Gift of Love at the bottom!

Author Peggy BirdPeggy

In every romance novel I write, I include a scene where my couple eats a meal together. The reason? I think feeding someone is one of the most intimate and caring things we can do. It engages all the senses and the food doesn’t have to be overtly aphrodisiac to be sensual. Sometimes pasta is sexier than oysters and champagne.

For example, one of my heroes cooked the Italian food his mother taught him to love in childhood. The fact that it brought back good memories for the heroine certainly helped his cause! Another of my heroes put together a romantic picnic at the Oregon coast for the woman he was trying to impress. Even heroine who get called back on duty before she can get the hero to the table eventually had her chance to win over her men with a great meal.

In my latest book, “The Gift of Love,” Isabella Rodriguez invites Taylor, the man who’s been showing her around her new city of Seattle, to dinner in her apartment. She’s Cuban-American and promises a typical Cuban meal. The main dish is ropa vieja. She explains the story behind the meal to him: a poor man makes a meal for his children, adding shredded old clothes to the meager bit of meat he has. Magically, the clothes turn into meat and his children are satisfied.

There’s no magic—or old clothes—in this recipe based on one from Cook’s Illustrated—just good beef brisket and spices.

Ropa Vieja Recipe

(serves 6)

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Crazy for Cowboys Box-Set only 99 Cents

Today I’m pleased to welcome some of my sister Crimson Romance authors to the blog with their new box-set!

Oh, Those Cowboys

We’ve all heard about those climatic 8 second rides, those moments of heartbreak and triumph that surround those most independent of spirits, cowboys. Now, you can get way more than 8 seconds of reading pleasure in Crimson Romance’s newest bundle, Crazy for Cowboys.

These 8 full length novels feature men and women who gave rise to the line in that Tim McGraw song about “the cowboy in us all.”
Recapture the independence, the sense of adventure, and yes—the passion—of the cowboys we’re crazy for—at an unbelievable  $0.99!

Eight full length cowboy romances for less than an dollar—this collection takes the buckle.

Crazy For Cowboys 99 Cent Box-Set

Crazy for Cowboys

Where to Buy:

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | AllRomance | Kobo

Amazon Canada | Amazon UK

Few heroes stir our hearts like a sexy cowboy, and Crimson Romance has eight of the hottest roping, riding, hard-loving country men in one collection. It’s a rodeo sure to make you swoon:

Tempted by Trouble: Susan Arden

When a veterinarian meets her sexy new boss, temptation beckons as they work together to find a cure for his family’s dying cattle.

The Bull Rider’s Brother: Lynn Cahoon

Rodeo weekend in Shawnee, Idaho, brings the cowboy who got away back into Lizzie’s life. But when James discovers they have a son, can they get a second chance at love?

Unattainable: Leslie P. García

DEA Agent Jovi Treviño comes to Dell Rosales’ ranch to investigate the drug movement sweeping south Texas and unexpectedly falls for the woman everyone calls unreachable.

The Counterfeit Cowgirl: Kathryn Brocato

Cattleman Aaron Whitaker has no use for a flashy, brown-eyed, fake cowgirl in his life. So why is he attracted to his new next-door neighbor, fashionista Felicity Clayton?


Heart Trouble: Tommie Conrad

Life comes easy to rancher Brandt Connor, until he falls for Marissa Sloan who’s leaving home at summer’s end. Will Brandt let her go or become the man he’s meant to be?

Taming the Stallion: Dorothy Callahan

A riding accident left officer Raylie McPherson fearing horses, but investigating an animal cruelty claim at Ashton Lyre’s stables may just offer her a way to heal.

Kiss Me, Katie: Monica Tillery

When fiddler Katie McCoy joins handsome singer Blake Jackson on his Country Summer Nights tour, they are a match made in music heaven. But will fame destroy their love?

What a Texas Girl Wants: Kristina Knight

A little too much fun in the sun lead Kathleen and Jackson to wake up on a beach together . . . married! But will their one-night fling turn into the real thing?

Sensuality Level: Sensual



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